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Misc Pics (10 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 21-October-2016  14:30:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to mpot, danstoejam and Sugaris this week!

Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 21-October-2016  05:23:05 (GMT +10) - by booj

Graphics Cards:
Gigabyte GTX 1070 Xtreme Gaming 8 GB on techPowerUp.
MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 3GB on ThinkComputers.

Samsung 960 PRO M.2 1TB NVMe SSD on Guru3D.
Samsung 960 PRO RAID on Vortez.
Samsung 960 Pro M.2 SSD on Ars Technica.
Samsung 960 Pro M.2 NVMe SSD on The SSD Review.

EVGA DG-87 Full-Tower on TweakTown.
Lian Li PC-Q37 Mini-ITX Chassis on eTeknix.
Rosewill Cullinan Gaming Case on LanOC Reviews.

be quiet! Shadow Rock LP on OCC.
XSPC RayStorm Pro CPU Waterblock on Funky Kit.
Reeven Polariz Fan Controller on Modders-Inc.
MSI Core Frozr L on techPowerUp.
Deepcool Captain Genome Cooling System on NikKTech.
Corsair HD Series & SP Series RGB LED fans on Vortez.

Input etc:
SteelSeries Rival 500 Gaming Mouse on ThinkComputers.
Tt eSPORTS Ventus R Gaming Mouse on Benchmark Reviews.
Corsair M65 Pro RGB Mouse and MM800 RGB Polaris Mouse Pad on Madshrimps.

Notebooks & Mobiles:
GIGABYTE P55W v6 Gaming Notebook on TweakTown.
Asus ROG G752 on Hot Hardware.
ASUS Zenfone 3 Max on ocaholic.

Dream Color PC Case RGB LED Strip on Funky Kit.
Kingston HyperX Predator 16GB DDR4-3333 Memory Kit on Funky Kit.
PlayStation VR on PC Review UK.

Forum Projects (1 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 20-October-2016  17:39:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's a few projects and reviews from the forums:

eskimogenius checked out
Steermouse 5 software

headin2001 reviewed the
MSI X99A Gaming Pro Carbon

and aXLe built a
series lightbulb test box

HouseChampion built a
custom DIY racing wheel

flame upgraded the screen
on a Toshiba laptop

while havabeer investigated
the "ferris wheel effect" on WC

Thursday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 20-October-2016  16:37:08 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Tweaktown look at the PC port of Gears of War 4. They also have some benchmark testing of it. After I was finished benchmarking Gears of War 4 at 8K, I moved down to the normal resolutions like 1920x1080, 2560x1440, and 3840x2160 and benchmarked more cards. The game is absolutely gorgeous, so I kept everything on the highest preset and ran the game again at 1080p, 1440p and 4K. Techspot join the benchmark party as well.

I missed this quote earlier, but Pauline Hanson is now part of the NBN Committee, and has the woes of gamers in mind. After the video was posted, Hanson took to Twitter saying speeds in non-metropolitan parts of Australia are terrible, and that those speeds are impacting on the gameplay of regional minors. "Kids from the bush tell me because their speeds are so bad they keep getting beaten by gamers from overseas -- unacceptable," Hanson said.

This is surprising: Laptop and peripheral company Razer has acquired THX, the iconic movie sound company. Founded by Star Wars creator George Lucas in 1983 to ensure Return of the Jedi had the best possible sound when it hit the cinemas, THX will now operate as an “independent startup,” with Razer as its parent company. “Razer has a vision for innovation at every level of entertainment, a vision which THX has championed since its inception more than 30 years ago,” says Razer Co-Founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan. “This acquisition will allow us to reinforce Razer’s leadership in gaming and extend the brand into broader areas of entertainment, while at the same time empowering THX to develop into a global powerhouse, independently.”

A recent study shows that people will probably treat autonomous cars badly when driving near them. Self-driving cars will be programmed to avoid accidents, just as they should be. So given the choice between driving timidly or causing an accident just to prove a point, the self-driving car will slam on the brakes every time. The more aggressive drivers in this survey said that they’d treat self-driving cars like “learner drivers” and “mug them right off”, which is a roundabout British way to describe driving like a jerk.

It's hard to tell if this will affect anything in the wild, but researchers say they've found a security flaw in Intel CPUs. A flaw in Intel's processors could allow attackers to bypass security mechanisms and inject malware into code, security researchers have warned. The technique works on almost every operating system and enables more effective software exploits.

Aftahours spotted this Gameboy Color extreme overclocking video from 2009. Costis is screwing around with the clock on a GBC and I just couldn't keep myself from trying it out. He quoted some pretty insane max clock speed and I wanted to see whether it would really go that high. Turns out it goes pretty high: ~24Mhz (~3x) for GBC games, and ~48Mhz (~6x) (!) for GB games. Normal speed is 8.338Mhz input, though GB games internally run at half speed (~4Mhz), which is why they can run much faster.

NVIDIA GeForge GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 20-October-2016  16:15:08 (GMT +10) - by Agg

NVIDIA have unveiled the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and GTX 1050. To quote Anandtech's coverage: Following their near-perfect top-down launch schedule that started with GeForce GTX 1080 in May, being announced today and formally launching next week is the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and GeForce GTX 1050. Aimed at the entry level discrete video card market, these products will round-out the GeForce 10-series desktop lineup.

More coverage on The Verge, TechARP (with partner boards here) and Tech Report.

Discussion continues in the NVIDIA Pascal thread in our Video Cards forum.

Wednesday Morning Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 19-October-2016  05:12:21 (GMT +10) - by booj

Samsung 960 PRO 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD on PC Perspective.
Samsung 960 PRO 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD on Legit Reviews.
Samsung 960 PRO 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD on Anandtech.
Samsung 960 PRO 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD on Tech Report.
Samsung 960 PRO 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD on TweakTown.
Samsung 960 PRO 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD on Hot Hardware.
Samsung 960 PRO 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD on Techspot.

BitFenix Aurora Mid-Tower Tempered Glass Chassis on eTeknix.
Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Tempered Glass on ocaholic.

Input etc:
Tesoro Gram Spectrum on LanOC Reviews.
ASUS ROG Claymore Core RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Funky Kit.
Zalman ZM-K900M Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on ThinkComputers.
Cougar Revenger gaming mouse on Vortez.

ID-Cooling FrostFlow 240L on OCC.
Corsair SP120 RGB LED High Performance 120mm Fans on Funky Kit.

Google Pixel XL on PCWorld.
Google Pixel XL on Techspot.

SilverStone SX700-LPT 700W w/ PP08 PSU on APH Networks.
HyperX CloudX Pro Gaming Headset on Bigbruin.

Interesting Forum Threads (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 17-October-2016  18:13:02 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I haven't done this in a while - here's a snapshot of some interesting threads from the Forums. Remember that OCAU has official Twitter, Facebook and Google+ pages - if you can follow or like us on those, it helps us keep you up to date.

Best value physics machine? in Overclocking & Hardware.
DIY Portable PC in Overclocking & Hardware.
how do I watch tv on my computer in Newbie Lounge.
Why you should not use motherboard sound in PC Audio.
Outdoor radiators in Extreme Cooling.
This is going to blow your mind in Extreme Cooling.
Pokemon Go for IOS/Android in Mobile Phones & Devices.
Google Pixel 5" & Pixel XL 5.5" Phones 2016 - Oct 4th Release in Google Android.
Fixing WUDO / Windows 10 Updates w/o WSUS in Business & Enterprise Computing.
Sega Lets Modders Get Freaky With Its Classic Games in Retro & Arcade.
WWMG (What Would MacGyver Do) in Electronics & Electrics.
Look what I made :D in Electronics & Electrics.
My first time Linux user experience journal in Other Operating Systems.
Full English Breakfast in Sydney in Geek Food.
What BBQ smoker for a noob? in Geek Food.
The Smoker's thread in Geek Food.
Accidental Yum in Geek Food.
Mini CO2 Jet? in Other Toys/Hobbies.
Should i tell my employer my project can easily be 90% automated? in Career, Education & Finance.
Online petition to put Steve Irwin on AU currency garners international attention in The Pub.
Almost got done by an ATM skimmer in The Pub.

Monday Afternoon (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 17-October-2016  15:24:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Seagate have a new big small drive. Seagate recently brought back its BarraCuda line with new 10TB 3.5" models, and now it has added beefy 5TB 2.5" models that are the first 2.5" HDDs to break the 5TB barrier. Seagate also increased the density of its FireCuda 2.5" SSHDs up to 2TB.

Drones are to be used to deliver blood to remote clinics in Rwanda. The 13-kilogram drones can make a 150km round trip, he said, as a small drone buzzed a crowd of bystanders on Thursday before dropping a packet of blood to a waiting nurse in a demonstration.

Some tech giants have formed a new consortium to speed up servers tenfold for data-heavy applications. The OpenCAPI specification outlines the architecture for a new interface that would allow server CPUs to swap data with hardware accelerators, such as Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) -- as well as memory, network and storage -- more rapidly than is possible today. OpenCAPI has been released by a consortium led by AMD, Dell EMC, Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM, Mellanox Technologies, Micron, NVIDIA and Xilinx.

SiliconAngel notes that Windows Server 2016 launched recently. Microsoft is making available the release-to-manufacturing bits of Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 today, Oct. 12. Microsoft officials said at the company's recent Ignite conference that customers should be able to get the final Windows Server 2016 bits by mid-October.

Scootre spotted this article about USB DACs from back in May. I've been testing two of the most endearingly compact USB audio enhancers on the market: the Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS and the AudioQuest DragonFly. What do they do? Well, both serve as a digital-to-analog converter, turning the 1s and 0s of digital music into the electrical signal headphones need to play music. Both are also surprisingly powerful headphone amps, upgrading the quantity of your laptop or desktop's sound as well as its quality.

If you want to try VR, the upcoming PAX Australia in Melbourne might be your thing. In an announcement that was embargoed for this morning, PAX Australia announced they would have a dedicated VR freeplay section for the first time. Itd include areas for the HTC Vive, the Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, as well as green-screen VR setups.

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